Community college students mired in basic skills classes

Karina Carrillo, Marina Casillas and Sonia Ortega (l to r) relax during a recent misty morning on the Los Angeles Valley College campus. Like many of their peers,…

Some big-city school districts experiment with merit pay for superintendent

Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson Bernadeia Johnson knows as well as anyone just how hard it is to accelerate learning in an urban school district. Before she took over…

Paying teachers for student performance doesn’t raise test scores in Tennessee study

Click to enlarge NASHVILLE – Offering middle-school math teachers bonuses up to $15,000 did not produce gains in student test scores, Vanderbilt University researchers reported Tuesday in…

Has special-ed inclusion backfired?

While talking to someone with a strong background in speech pathology and literacy recently, I learned of an interesting theory: Inclusion for special-education students, this educator said, has “backfired.”…